National Security: Buhari Has So Far, Failed

February 21, 2021

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Nigeria is in dire straits.  All over the country, Nigerian citizens, including children, are killed daily by terrorists and criminals as well as in extra-judicial killings by state actors with the government doing little or nothing about it. The government, through the Minister of Defence, has instead callously abdicated its responsibility and called Nigerian citizens ‘cowards’ and urged Nigerians to ‘defend themselves’.

Kidnapping for ransom has assumed an industrial and deadly scale never witnessed on the African continent. Our children are no longer safe in schools and Nigerian citizens and communities are now pauperised by terrorists who extort huge ransoms while murdering their hostages. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what has now become the government’s standard state policy of using taxpayers’ money to pay terrorists thereby funding and encouraging terrorism and criminality. 

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President Buhari and his government have failed in their primary duty under Section 14 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution which is ensuring the security and welfare of the Nigerian people. Instead, under their watch, Nigeria is now a catalogue of bloodletting with:

●    The unending war in the North East with our troops often bearing the brunt of this government’s security failures;

●    Gross injustices by President Buhari’s government against the Nigerian people such that peaceful protesters are threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents while terrorists carrying out mass murder, rape, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians including women and children are feted, molly coddled, granted ‘amnesty’ and paid by the government. This is tantamount to funding and supporting terrorists, encouraging murder and the decimation of the Nigeria’s gallant troops and amounts to treason against the Nigerian State and people;

●    Terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities and reprisal attacks in the face of government inaction and failure to bring the terrorist herdsmen and their funders to justice;

●    Large scale terrorist attacks in the North West irresponsibly tagged by the government as ‘banditry’ in a bid to downplay their criminality;

●    Industrial scale kidnappings all across the country;

●    Extrajudicial killings by State Security agents in various forms

●    Inter-ethnic violence and

●    Menace of political cult gangs and ethnic militia.

Our Demands

This government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to protect Nigerians as is their primary duty under Section 14 (2)b of the 1999 Constitution and we hold President Buhari solely responsible as the buck stops at his desk.  As Civil Society organisations, we call on the President to take immediate steps to :

1. Provide political and moral leadership for the security crisis and ensure governmental actions are humane in tandem with Section 17 (2) ( C ) of the Constitution;

2. End impunity for abuse of power and  sectionalism through his appointments by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle. In this way, he will demonstrate  that every part of Nigeria matters as sectional appointments appear to fuel  sectional violence;

3. Take responsibility and end the persecution of the media and free speech both of which are foundations of a democratic state.

4. Mobilize  our rich Nigerian assets to address the insecurity situation across the country and seek international cooperation to ramp up security assets.

5. Where the President fails to fulfill his constitutional duties as stated above, we demand he steps aside or  the National Assembly initiates impeachment proceedings against him on grounds of gross misconduct as provided for in Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


We remain hopeful as citizens of Nigeria and call on all Nigerians to keep hope alive as we bond together and build a nation where true peace and justice reign.


1.               Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

2.               Centre for Democratic Research and Training (CRDDERT)

3.               Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

4.               Media Rights Agenda (MRA)

5.               Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

6.              Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP)

7.               Zero-Corruption Coalition (ZCC)

8.               Partners on Electoral Reform

9.               African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)

10.          National Procurement Watch Platform

11.          Praxis Center

12.          Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education (CHRICED)

13.          Social Action

14.    Community Action for Popular Participation

15.          Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress (BOCODEP)

16.          Global Rights

17.          Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE)

18.          Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)

19.          Tax Justice and Governance Platform

20.    Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria

21.          Women In Nigeria

22.          African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD)

23.          Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre(RULAAC)

24.          Women Advocate Research And Documentation Centre

25.    Community Life Project

26.          Nigerian Feminist Forum

27.          Alliances for Africa

28.           Spaces  for Change

29.          Nigerian Women Trust Fund

30.          Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa

31.           BudgiT Foundation

32.           State of the Union (SOTU)

33.          Action International Nigeria

34.          Femi Falana Chamber

35.          HEDA Resource Centre

36.    Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

37.    Organization Community Civic Engagement(OCCEN)

38.          Say NO Campaign—Nigeria

39.          Women In Media

40.           Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)

41.    Sesor Empowerment Foundation

42.     House of Justice

43.     Molluma Medico-Legal Center

44. Open Bar Initiative

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